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“Gary W. Ballard, 63, of Machesney Park passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Gary retired from the Roscoe...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Seitz, Northern Illinois Multi-jurisdictional Honor Guard - IL

“Aunt Mary, Annie, Toni & Families, We are Thinking of you as you remember Uncle Gary, and holding you in our thoughts and prayers as each of you...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Susan, Christopher & Justina Erb (French) - IL

“Mary and Family, I was sad to hear of Gary's passing and my Prayer's are with you all. Gary was my lead Field Training Officer when I was hired on...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: teri swenson - rockford, IL

“Mary and Family, Gary played a huge roll in making me the police officer that I am and the officers that he came in contact with over the years. He...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Chris Wilder - Loves Park, IL

“Very sorry to learn of Gary's passing. He was a huge part of the Clock Tower family and someone I could always count on to have a smile to make some...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Debbie Hutchinson - FL

“We are so sad to hear of Gary,s passing. We have only known him for a few short years We will miss his humor and quick wit. We learned what a great...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jim and Joyce Rayborn - IL

“condolences to the family. remember the happy memories.. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Sharon Steele - Pecatonica, IL

“I met Gary while working the front desk at ClockTower. He always brightened my day, even night audit. He truly was a wonderful man. Sending my...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Michelle Gontko Maes - green bay, WI

“Mary, Ann & Toni, My heart is breaking knowing the difficult time this is for all of you. I wish I could be there to show my deepest respect for Gary...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy French - Hudson, FL

“Mary and family, Our deepest sympathies to you all at this very difficult time. Even though there was a little time to prepare for Gary leaving us,...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Lynn Doolittle - Roscoe, IL


Gary W. Ballard, 63, of Machesney Park, IL passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born August 7, 1949, son of Howard "Howie" and Evelyn (Barnes) Ballard in Rice Lake, WI. Gary attended Harlem School District, graduating in 1967. He also attended Rock Valley Community College and Northern Illinois University. After high school Gary served a tour of duty in Vietnam as part of the 213th Assault Support Helicopter Company "Black Cat". Gary continued to serve his country and his community, completing 16 years in the United States Army Reserves and over 20 years as a police officer, before retiring from the Roscoe Police Department, Roscoe, IL.
In 1985, Gary married his wife of 28 years, Mary French and together they raised two beautiful daughters, Ann Ballard-Sterkeson and Toni Ellison-Herhold. Gary's pride and joy were his grandchildren Mercedes Herhold, Brittany Smithey, Kirstyn Becker, Kayla Sterkeson, and Trevor Salisbury.
Gary enjoyed spending time with family and friends, riding his motorcycle, boating, and fishing. He was a fan of Stephen King and John Wayne and collected John Wayne memorabilia. Gary also enjoyed collecting bald eagle figurines and pictures as a reminder of the pride he had in serving his country.
Gary's family remembers him fondly as loving, caring, a great listener, level headed, easy to get along with and brave.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Ballard, daughters, Ann (Mike Rayborn) Ballard-Sterkeson and Toni (Dan) Herhold; grandchildren Mercedes Herhold, Brittany Smithey, Kirstyn Becker, Kayla Sterkeson, and Trevor Salisbury; His parents, Howard and Evelyn; sisters, Debbie Ballard and DiAnn (Ron Theobold) Ballard; brother, Steven Ballard; and nephew, Connor. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the chapel of Cremation Society of Illinois, 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, IL with Pastor Jason Mach officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to the family to be determined at a later date. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois.